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Kees Pj Braun, J Helen Cross
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Lanlan Zhang, Chengzhong Wang, Wei Li
Objective: To evaluate clinical efficacy, safety, and tolerability of levetiracetam as mono- or adjunctive therapy in the treatment of children and adolescents with epilepsy. Materials and methods: We performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published from January 2007 to December 2016 in the databases Web of Science, Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, and PubMed, Bing, Baidu, Google Scholar, Chinese National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), and Wanfang Data...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Pablo Roa Rojas, Hernán Arango Fernández, Martha Rebolledo Cobos, Jonathan Harris Ricardo
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is a rare congenital condition, characterized by presenting macroglossia, defects of the abdominal wall, hemihypertrophy, omphalocele, neonatal hypoglycemia, umbilical hernia, hepatomegaly, cardiac abnormalities, among others. Macroglossia occurs in 90% of cases, causing a problem in chewing, swallowing, phonation and breathing, resulting in a closure of the upper airway. The therapeutic option of choice is partial glossectomy. We present a 2-month-old pediatric patient with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and area blockage due to severe macroglossia; in the medical history, congenital heart disease, interatrial communication, persistent ductus arteriosus, symptomatic epilepsy, renal failure, hypoglycemia, tracheotomy and gastrostomy, due to airway collapse and dysphagia...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Jonathan Roth, Haggai Benvenisti, Shlomi Constantini
BACKGROUND: Dural closure following intracranial procedures is considered crucial to reduce postoperative complications such as pseudomeningoceles (PM), CSF leaks, hydrocephalus, and infections. However, watertight dural closure (WTDC) is often difficult to achieve, and dural substitutes are often used. We describe our experience with non-WTDC in children. METHODS: Data was collected retrospectively. Redo and craniectomy cases were excluded. Collected data included demographics, surgical etiology, various radiological parameters, ventricular opening, usage of drains and shunts, dural closure technique, and complications...
March 15, 2018: World Neurosurgery
L Dell'Osso, M Corsi, C Gesi, C A Bertelloni, G Massimetti, D Peroni, A Bonuccelli, A Orsini, C Carmassi
Increasing literature has shown the usefulness of a dimensional approach to mental disorders, particularly when exploring subjects exposed to traumatic experiences such as a severe illness in one's child. Recent evidence suggests an increased vulnerability in subjects with autism spectrum symptoms to develop post-traumatic stress symptoms. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the presence of adult autism subthreshold spectrum in a sample of parents of children with epilepsy and its impact on post-traumatic stress spectrum symptoms in the same study sample...
February 12, 2018: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Adam H Lewis, Ankur Chugh, Sarah A Sobotka
A 7-year-old girl with 20q13.33 deletion and a history of generalized convulsive epilepsy presented to the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic due to concerns about her behavioral outbursts in the context of overall delayed development. Evaluation by the Developmental and Behavioral and Gastroenterology teams revealed failure to thrive (FTT) as the primary cause of the behavioral outbursts and developed a high-calorie, high-fat, high-protein nutritional counseling plan. Children who have FTT and a genetic disorder are often thought to not thrive because of their underlying genetic disorder; however, feeding skills and nutritional intake need to be thoroughly investigated before determining an etiology for FTT...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Elizabeth Hisle-Gorman, Apryl Susi, Theophil Stokes, Gregory Gorman, Christine Erdie-Lalena, Cade M Nylund
OBJECTIVE: We explored the association of 29 previously reported neonatal, perinatal and prenatal conditions and exposures with later diagnosis of ASD in a large sample of children followed over multiple years. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-cohort study was formed using the Military Health System database. Cases were identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes for ASD between 2000 and 2013 and were matched 3:1 with controls on sex, date of birth, and enrollment time-frame...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Lukman Femi Owolabi, Shehu Sale, Shakirah Desola Owolabi, Aisha Nalado, Muhammad Umar, Aminu Abdullahi Taura
Background: In spite of the overwhelming significance of knowledge of basic elements of electroencephalography (EEG) in its application to the diagnostic workup and the management of patients with suspected or already established generalized epilepsy (GE), there is a dearth of data on the pattern and utility of clinical variables that can independently determine EEG abnormalities in GE. Objective: The study was designed to evaluate the frequency and pattern of EEG abnormality as well as assess the utility of clinical variables in predicting the likelihood of an abnormal EEG in GE...
April 2018: Annals of African Medicine
Puja Patel, Jules C Beal, Shlomo Shinnar
BACKGROUND: This study aims to improve the rate of folic acid supplementation to adolescent women with epilepsy on an antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen seen by the pediatric neurology providers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in compliance with the 2009 American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society practice parameter. METHODS: We designed a quality improvement study with implementation of a series of interventions and compared folic acid supplementation rates before and after intervention...
December 14, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Carmen Barba, Nicola Specchio, Renzo Guerrini, Laura Tassi, Salvatore DeMasi, Francesco Cardinale, Simona Pellacani, Luca De Palma, Domenica Battaglia, Gianpiero Tamburrini, Giuseppe Didato, Elena Freri, Alessandro Consales, Paolo Nozza, Nelia Zamponi, Elisabetta Cesaroni, Giancarlo Di Gennaro, Vincenzo Esposito, Marco Giulioni, Paolo Tinuper, Gabriella Colicchio, Raffaele Rocchi, Guido Rubboli, Flavio Giordano, Giorgio Lo Russo, Carlo Efisio Marras, Massimo Cossu
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March 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Kemal Sasaki, Tomoko Nakagawa, Shiro Sugiura, Motohiro Ebisawa, Komei Ito
BACKGROUND: The unintentional usage of adrenaline auto-injectors may cause injury to caregivers or patients. To prevent such incidents, we assessed the causative factors of these incidents. METHODS: The Anaphylaxis Working Group of the Japanese Society of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology requested that society members register cases in which adrenaline auto-injectors were unintentionally used. One hundred cases were reported from June 2015 to March 2016...
March 5, 2018: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
Elias Oulasvirta, Päivi Koroknay-Pál, Ahmad Hafez, Ahmed Abou Elseoud, Hanna Lehto, Aki Laakso
BACKGROUND: Population-based long-term data on pediatric patients with cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are limited. OBJECTIVE: To clarify the characteristics and long-term outcome of pediatric patients with AVM. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on 805 consecutive brain AVM patients admitted to a single center between 1942 and 2014. The patients were defined as children if they were under 18 yr at admission. Children were compared to an adult cohort...
March 5, 2018: Neurosurgery
J J Garcia-Penas
INTRODUCTION: Most individuals with epilepsy will respond to pharmacologic treatment; however, approximately 20-30% will develop medically refractory epilepsy. Cognitive side effects of antiepileptic drugs are common and can negatively affect tolerability, compliance, and long-term retention of the treatment. Ketogenic diet is an effective and well-tolerated treatment for these children with refractory epilepsy without any negative effect on cognition or behavior. AIM: To review the current state of experimental and clinical data concerning the neuroprotective and cognitive effects of the ketogenic diet in both humans and animals...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Taty Tshimangani, Jean Pongo, Joseph Bodi Mabiala, Marcel Yotebieng, Nicole F O'Brien
Empirical knowledge suggests that acute neurologic disorders are common in sub-Saharan Africa, but studies examining the true burden of these diseases in children are scarce. We performed this prospective, observational study to evaluate the prevalence, clinical characteristics, treatment approaches, and outcomes of children suffering acute neurologic illness or injury (ANI) in an urban and rural site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over 12 months, 471 out of 6,563 children admitted met diagnostic criteria for ANI, giving a hospital-based prevalence of 72/1,000 admissions...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
David A Geier, Janet K Kern, Lisa K Sykes, Mark R Geier
Nelson and Bauman (Pediatrics 111:674-679, 2003) previously hypothesized that pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) was not associated with mercury (Hg) exposure because the medical conditions associated with Hg exposure were not associated with PDD. A hypothesis-testing longitudinal case-control study evaluated the frequency of medically diagnosed conditions previously associated with Hg poisoning, including: epilepsy, dysarthria, failure to thrive, cerebral palsy, or contact dermatitis and other eczema among children preceding their eventual PDD diagnosis (cases) compared to controls...
March 6, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Manish N Shah, Anish Mitra, Manu S Goyal, Abraham Z Snyder, Jing Zhang, Joshua S Shimony, David D Limbrick, Marcus E Raichle, Matthew D Smyth
PURPOSE: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) affects resting state brain networks in adults. This study aims to correlate resting state functional MRI (rsMRI) signal latency in pediatric TLE patients with their laterality. METHODS: From 2006 to 2016, 26 surgical TLE patients (12 left, 14 right) with a mean age of 10.7 years (range 0.9-18) were prospectively studied. Preoperative rsMRI was obtained in patients with concordant lateralizing structural MRI, EEG, and PET studies...
March 6, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Vanessa Siffredi, Vicki Anderson, Alissandra McIlroy, Amanda G Wood, Richard J Leventer, Megan M Spencer-Smith
OBJECTIVES: Agenesis of the corpus callosum (AgCC), characterized by developmental absence of the corpus callosum, is one of the most common congenital brain malformations. To date, there are limited data on the neuropsychological consequences of AgCC and factors that modulate different outcomes, especially in children. This study aimed to describe general intellectual, academic, executive, social and behavioral functioning in a cohort of school-aged children presenting for clinical services to a hospital and diagnosed with AgCC...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Simona Lattanzi, Francesco Brigo, Elisabetta Grillo, Claudia Cagnetti, Alberto Verrotti, Gaetano Zaccara, Mauro Silvestrini
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of pediatric epilepsy, there is a critical demand for effective and safe therapeutic options to address patients' unmet clinical needs. Eslicarbazepine acetate is a novel once-daily antiepileptic drug and a third-generation single enantiomer member of the dibenzazepine family. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of eslicarbazepine acetate as add-on treatment for focal-onset seizures in pediatric patients using meta-analytical techniques...
March 5, 2018: CNS Drugs
Olcay Güngör, Ahmet Kağan Özkaya, Fatih Temiz
The aim of this study was to evaluate the thyroid function alterations in a group of epileptic children taking antiepileptic drugs. The study included a total of 183 pediatric epilepsy patients, aged 15 months-16 years, comprising 114 patients treated with valproic acid, 69 patients treated with phenobarbital, and 151 age-matched healthy volunteers as the control group. Serum levels of thyroid hormones were measured before the beginning of the antiepileptic therapy and after 12 months of treatment. Thyroid-stimulating hormone levels were significantly higher in the 12th month of phenobarbital and valproic acid treatment...
March 5, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Clara D M van Karnebeek, Mary Dunbar, Csilla Egri, Bryan Sayson, Janetta Milea, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Linda Huh, Mary B Connolly, Gabriella A Horvath
BACKGROUND: Secondary neurotransmitter deficiencies have been reported in several reviews. Our primary aim was to assess the relationship among epilepsy, antiseizure medications, and specific neurotransmitter abnormalities. We also evaluated movement disorders and brain abnormalities via magnetic resonance imaging scans in patients with secondary neurotransmitter defects. METHODS: This is a retrospective case series of 376 patients who underwent neurotransmitter analysis at BC Children's Hospital between 2009 and 2013, for a variety of neurological presentations...
March 2018: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
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